Volume 8, Issue 11
November, 2015
Happy Thanksgiving from CoachDeck!

Soccer coaches are creatures of habit. They tend to do the same drills with their teams practice after practice. Why not "spice" it up a bit and give them some fresh ideas for drills and games they can play? They'd love a CoachDeck!

In this issue:
Another solid contribution from Jeff Pill with this terrific letter coaches can print and hand to their team's parents preseason. Brian Gotta shares five ideas to give our young athletes more "grit." And, John O'Sullivan is back with a perfectly-timed piece you'll be glad you read.

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Coaching Letter For Parents
By Jeff Pill

The role that parents play in the life of a soccer player has a tremendous impact on their experience. With this in mind, we have taken some time to write down some helpful reminders for all of us as we approach the upcoming season Read Article
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Are We Raising "Wooden" Children?
By Brian Gotta, President of CoachDeck

I read an article entitled, Have our kids gotten soft? Five ways to teach them grit, by CNN's Kelly Wallace. In it she tells stories of parents who refused to let their children fail in school, sports, even learning to ride a bike. And she lists five ways we, as parents, can help teach our children responsibility and self-reliance. And number one on the list was something so easy and so obvious, but also something my wife and I did not do with our now grown children.​ Read Article

This Thanksgiving, Express your Gratitude
By John O'Sullivan

As the holiday season approaches, we are often reminded to be thankful for all our blessings that we have received the past year. As we sit with our closest friends and family, and ‘give thanks’ this holiday season, we are practicing one of the key ingredients in raising a happy and high performing child: gratitude! ​ Read Article​